June, 2007 Archive

June 13, 2007, 6:22 pm

Reasoning With Grand Rounds!


Hey, it’s Speedy!

The old Alka-Seltzer dude!

I believe the gentleman is Buster Keaton.

I utilize Speedy to illustrate just how un-speedy I have been this week. Grand Rounds went up yesterday and I did not get my link up! Now in Grand Rounds culture, that is just rude.

Our hostess for this week is Dr. Val and the Voice of Reason. She gives you two options: (a) Version 1 – the links straight up and basic and (b) Version 2 – the Extended Release version. Sort of “Grand Rounds CR”. If you haven’t made it over there yet, it is a great edition. I intend to read it with my coffee tomorrow.

Along with…


Change of Shift!

Mother Jones is hard as work as I type putting the final touches on tomorrow’s nursing blog carnival.

At least I think she is doing that.

She may be sitting with her feet up and having a margarita.

Not that there is anything wrong with that….

Mark your calendars: Nurse Ratched’s Place, tomorrow, Change of Shift.

I’m still looking for my lost shaker of salt…..

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5:59 pm

Journey: The Party’s Over For Me

Will you all indulge me for a post? In the grand scheme of life (and death), the machinations of a rock band don’t amount to a hill of beans. Truly, I understand this. I do love my rock-and-roll and I’m passionate about music but sometimes you just gotta let go.

I’m letting Journey go. Today I found out they have dropped their newest lead singer Jeff Scott Soto. Enough is freaking enough.

Let me give you a look at what a roller-coaster this band has put their fans through.

This is Steve Perry.

When I discovered Journey in 1985, he was the lead singer. Had been since 1977.

THE best voice in music. Any era, any genre.

Meeting him in 1995 was one of the highlights of my life (and I do have one)!

Then he was dropped from the band for health issues – hips, if I remember correctly.

Trust me, it made “One Life to Live” look like a Shakespeare tragedy.

Biggest soap opera on the face of the earth.


Enter Steve Augeri.

How could anybody replace Steve Perry?????

Well, he did.

And after kicking and screaming my way to my first post-Perry concert, Augeri had a new fan in his own right.

Killer voice and a bluesy style, cute as heck in person and the sweetest guy in the world to Journey fans.

Lead singer for Journey is a long way from managing a Gap.

Eight years. Two new albums. At least five concerts a year in my “concert zone” and I went to every single one of them.

He was dropped a year ago for health reasons.

His voice gave out after almost a decade of tackling the hardest catalouge in rock.

What would Journey do now?



They hire the hardest-working vocalist on the planet to fill in and then make him a member of the band.

Jeff Scott Soto.

He doesn’t look, or sound like Perry or Augeri, but from the first syllable it was obvious that he was made to sing Journey.

He ooozed showmanship from every pore.

And he was rather, um….sexy, too.

Journey lucked out big time with this guy!

After less than a year, he has left the band. No health issues this time. Just the typical non-descript Journey press release stating how much they admire him and wish him well, etc.

I don’t care why he left. He’s just gone. And Journey is minus a lead singer once again.


The wheel in the sky is no longer turning. I’ve stopped believing. No open arms here. The lights have been turned out.

When a band changes lead singers like some people change underwear, there is a problem. Bon Jovi has the same line up. U2 hasn’t changed partners. I don’t see Matchbox 20 having existential angst. Hell, even the Backstreet Boys have managed to get along.

Oh, I’ll still listen to the music.

But I’m too old and too tired to give Journey much more energy.

The Party’s Over.

Thanks for reading a non-nursing post and letting me vent.

I need a Rock blog…….

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June 10, 2007, 4:52 pm

Sicko – To Know, I Have To Go


Poor Dr. Cyclops!

So misunderstood.

He isn’t diabolical!

He simply discovered a unique way to address emergency department crowding.

Shrink the patients.

The smaller the patients, the more you can fit in a room at any given time.

The movie was made in 1940 – the good doctor was 67 years ahead of his time.

By the way, Dr. Cyclops used radium to miniaturize his patients.


As we can see here, radium is restoring health to thousands!

Think about it!

Shrink your way to better health with Degnen’s Radio-Active Solar Pad.


Two forms of alternative energy!

What I don’t understand is why a radioactive device had to be “charged” via sunlight.

And for the record, this device really did exist!



It isn’t a comfortable feeling for me.

So what’s the problem?

“Sicko”. The new movie by Michael Moore.

That is the problem.


I found a single-payer health plan I can support when I found the Physicians for a National Health Program.

I was happily surprised to find that my state professional organization, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee endorsed the same plan.

On June 12, 2007 California nurses will have the opportunity to view this new movie that purports to take on the state of health care in the United States. This special preview of “Sicko” will occur in Sacramento. Michael Moore is going to testify in front of the California State Legislature.

Nurses will be bussed to Sacrament for a rally free of charge. Lunch and dinner will be provided free of charge. The movie is free of charge. The nurses who attend will get a “Sicko” scrub top free of charge.

This raises some red flags for me.

  • Who is paying for this? Me, through my professional dues? Michael Moore? The company who is distributing the film? The tax payers of California?
  • Why is Michael Moore testifying in front of the state legislature? Where are my nursing colleagues? Why aren’t my nursing leaders testifying? How ’bout some doctors? Why not put a few patients in front of the legislature – there are some dramatic stories on CNA/NNOC related sites.

This has all the earmarks of a publicity stunt.

And I have all the earmarks of a closed mind:

  • Michael Moore and I are not on the same page. On anything.
  • I have always had an issue with professionals standing in the hallways and on the steps of the state capitol shouting slogans and waving signs to make their point. I do realize that I have nursing colleagues who feel called to that style of activism. It just isn’t my style.

Normally this would not even be a cloud on my horizon, but this movie is going to stimulate an avalanche of dialogue in the medical blogosphere.

Which means I have to see the movie.

Which means I have to pay to see the movie (I won’t be going to Sacramento).

Which means I will be supporting Michael Moore.

This does not make me a happy camper.

But what if the movie is not a huge piece of political propaganda. Maybe “Sicko” will make some valid points/observations. What if Michael Moore hits the proverbial nail on the head?

Do you know how hard that will be to admit?

Maybe that’s what I’m afraid of.

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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